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Researchers at EnergyEcoLab are uniquely qualified to implement high-impact studies on energy and environmental issues, as well as to bring the findings into the public sphere where they can contribute to improved policy. The team has a track record of collaborating with other researchers worldwide, policymakers, regulators, and firms. 

Natalia Fabra

NATALIA FABRA is Professor of Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator project Electric Challenges. She has extensively worked on the analysis of electricity markets. Natalia is Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and Associate Member of the Toulouse School of Economics. She obtained her PhD in Economics in 2001 at the European University Institute (Florence).

Main Research interests: Industrial Organization, Energy and Environmental Economics, Regulation and Competition Policy, with emphasis on market design and market power issues. 

natalia.fabra@uc3m.es / Personal Web / Google Scholar

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DAVID JESÚS ANDRÉS CEREZO is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He finished his PhD in Economics in June 2021 at the European University Institute under the supervision of David K. Levine (first advisor) and Philipp Kircher (second advisor)

Main research interests: Political Economy, Energy and Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization, Cultural Evolution
 

dandres@eco.uc3m.es / Personal Web

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CLÉMENT LEBLANC is a postdoctoral researcher at the Economics Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His research focuses on the design of electricity markets and related policy instruments in the context of power systems transitioning from dispatchable generation technologies to variable renewable generation technologies. He has experience in applied theoretical modeling and numerical power system modeling. He received his PhD in Economics from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC, Paris) in June 2023, after having completed it at CIRED (International Research Center for the Environment and Development).

Main research interests: Energy and Environmental Economics, Industrial Organisation, Market Design applied to electricity markets

cl.clement.leblanc@gmail.com

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MICHAEL DUARTE GONÇALVES is a Pre-Doc Research Assistant at EnergyEcoLab. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, majoring in International Economics, and a Master’s degree in Economics both from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he worked as a research and teaching assistant in the same city at the Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG-Genève).
 
Laura García Llamas

LAURA GARCÍA LLAMAS is the Project Manager of the team. Before, she worked as research grant assistant at the Institute of Economics of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Economics and Innovation Management from Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

External Collaborators

Gerard Llobet

GERARD LLOBET is Associate Professor of Economics at CEMFI. His area of research is industrial economics He has extensively worked on R&D, patents and market regulation. Gerard is also active in the diffusion of economic research. He was editor and he is still collaborator of the blog “Nada es Gratis”. He obtained his PhD in Economics in 2000 at the University of Rochester.

Main research interests: Industrial Economics, Regulation and Competition Policy.

llobet@cemfi.es / Personal web

Mar Reguant

MAR REGUANT is an Associate Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. Mar has extensively worked on the empirical analysis of electricity markets and the impact and design of environmental policies. Mar is Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She obtained her PhD in Economics in 2011 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Main Research interests: Energy and Environmental Economics, with an emphasis on electricity and the pollution associated with electricity generation.

mar.reguant@northwestern.edu / Personal web / Google Scholar

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JUAN PABLO MONTERO is Professor of Economics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC-Chile) and has held visiting positions at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Stanford’s CLAS and Economics. He received a Civil Engineering degree from PUC-Chile and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from MIT. His research work concentrates on industrial organization, environmental economics and resource economics and has appeared in the top journals in Economics. Juan Pablo has also been a consultant for the Government of Chile, private corporations and international organizations in topics of industrial organization and environmental regulation. His current work deals with problems in competition policy (\”Can rebates contracts be effectively used by dominant firms to exclude more efficient rivals?\”) and transportation and environmental policy (\”Can driving restrictions be effectively used to reduce congestion and air pollution?\”).

Personal Web / Google Scholar

Past Visitors

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MARCIN ZAJAC is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He completed his PhD at the University of Warsaw in 2021, where he focused on geometric mechanics and differential geometry. After completing his PhD he pursued a postdoctoral position at the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas in Madrid. His current scientific research focuses on climate risk models.

Main research interests: differential geometry, mathematical physics, climate risk models.

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MATEUS SOUZA was a postdoctoral researcher at the Economics Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Most of his research focuses on understanding economic incentives related to adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices. He has experience using statistical methods to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and nudges to promote energy efficiency. He obtained his PhD in Applied Economics in 2020 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Main research interests: Energy and Environmental Economics, Applied Microeconometrics, Big Data and Machine Learning Applications in Economics, Health Economics.

mateus.nogueira@uc3m.es / Personal Web / Google Scholar

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CATARINA PINTASSILGO was a Pre-Doc Research Assistant at EnergyEcoLab. She holds a Bachelor\’s and Master\’s degrees in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics. Previously, she worked as an economic consultant at an environmental consultancy in Lisbon. 
 
Main research interests: Energy and Environmental Economics, Public Economics
 
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STEFAN LAMP was a postdoctoral researcher at the Economics Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His research focuses mainly on the ongoing transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources (RES). Stefan’s work can be broadly divided in two main areas: first, the analysis of climate change policies targeted at the deployment of RES and second, studying demand for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. He obtained his PhD in Economics in 2014 at the European University Institute (Florence).

Main research interests: Energy and Environmental Economics, Applied Microeconomics.

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STANLEY REYNOLDS received a bachelors degree in mathematics from Miami University and a doctorate in economics from Northwestern University. He is currently Eller Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. He teaches and does research in Industrial Organization, Experimental Economics, and Energy Economics. 

His recent research focuses on the integration of renewable energy into the electric grid and on the performance of restructured electricity markets.

 

sreynold@arizona.edu / Personal Web 

Alastair

ALASTAIR FRASER is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Economics at the University of Sydney. He obtained his PhD in Economics in 2018 at the University of British Columbia.

His research is divided into two main areas: how households respond to information and incentives in their electricity use decisions, and on how climate transition risks to firms can be measured and the net zero alignment of investment portfolios can be assessed.
 
Main research interests: Energy and environmental economics, applied microeconomics, climate finance
 

alastair.fraser@sydney.edu.au / Personal Web 

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ERICH MUEHLEGGER was visiting EnergyEcoLab until the summer of 2022. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

He specializes in industrial organization, public finance, economic regulation, and environmental policy. His research focuses on how regulatory policy can be used to affect the decisions of firms and consumers and, in particular, how insights can be used to design better regulations and incentives. Muehlegger received Ph.D. from MIT in 2005.

emuehlegger@ucdavis.edu / Personal web / Google Scholar

Imelda

IMELDA was a postdoctoral researcher at the Economics Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Her research explores the intersection of energy, health and environmental economics, looking at how variable pricing can reduce the costs of renewable energy in electricity markets and how the energy transition can impact health and human behavior. She obtained her PhD in Economics in 2018 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Main research interests: Energy and Environmental Economics, Health Economics.

iimelda@eco.uc3m.es / Personal Web / Google Scholar

Luis Fuentes

LUIS DE FUENTES was a fourth year undergraduate student in Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He was involved in EnergyEcoLab through a \”Beca de Colaboracion\”, awarded by the Spanish Government. As part of his work at EnergyEcoLab, Luis has worked on his Undergraduate Thesis, \”Simulations on the Spanish Climate and Energy Plan 2025-2030: on the relevance of strategic behaviour\”, under the supervision of Natalia Fabra. A summary of his work and main findings (in Spanish) can be found here.

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AIMILIA PATTAKOU was visiting EnergyEcoLab from ETH Zurich, where she is a PhD candidate at the chair of Resource Economics. Before starting her PhD, she studied Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH Zurich, and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

Main research interests: Energy policies in the electricity sector, Social cost of carbon

Clara Balardy

CLARA BALARDY was visiting EnergyEcoLab from at Université Paris-Dauphine, where she is a PhD candidate in Economics and Finance, in partnership with EPEX SPOT. Previously, she obtained a master in industrial organization at the Toulouse School of Economics.

Main research interests: Market Microstructure (liquidity, volatility and competition); Market Design Power Markets.

Sara

SARA GUTIÉRREZ was a fourth year undergraduate student in Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. After completing an erasmus Program at Bocconi University and a summer intern at CEMFI, she realized that she is passionate about industrial organization. Now at EnergyecoLab, she is eager to discover whether this collaboration could be the starting point of a research career.

sagupeazu@gmail.com

David Rapson

DAVID RAPSON is an Associate Professor of Economics at University of California at Davis. David has extensively worked on issues related to demand response in electricity markets, energy efficiency programs, and the electric vehicle. He is Co-Director of the Davis Energy Economics Program. He obtained his PhD in Economics in 2008 at Boston University.

Main Research Interests: Energy and Environmental Economics, Industrial Organization, and Applied Microeconomics.

dsrapson@ucdavis.edu / Personal web / Google Scholar